Cleveland kidnapping suspect had history of domestic violence

Mugshot photo of Ariel Castro, one of three brothers arrested in the kidnapping of three women found alive in a Cleveland home on May 6, 2013.
City of Cleveland, Department of Law/CBS

The prime suspect in the abduction of three girls in Cleveland, Ohio, had a violent past that included abusing and terrifying his own partner and daughters.

Court documents obtained by CBS News show a history of domestic abuse by Ariel Castro against the mother of his children, Grimilda Figueroa, who told police that Castro had, ""broken petitioner's nose (twice), ribs, lacerations, knocked out tooth, blood clot on brain, (inoperable tumor), dislocated shoulder, (twice, once on each side) threatened to kill petitioner and daughters 3 to 4 times just this year."

The domestic violence protection order, filed on August 29, 2005, alleged that though Figueroa had full custody of their children, Castro, "frequently abducts daughters and keeps them from mother/petitioner/ legal custodian."

Figueroa had at least three children with Castro, Ariel (who goes by Anthony), Angie and Emily Castro, according to the court documents.

The civil petition was to ensure Castro stayed away from Figueroa and her children for five years, but Figueroa never went through with the hearing.

Castro is accused of keeping Amanda Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, 23, in the house during their entire captivity, where they were confined to the basement or the bedroom much of the time.

Castro allegedly kept them chained and tied up.

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